“If you look at other nations that have gone down the road toward gay marriage, that’s the next step of where it gets enforced,” Cruz said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network. “It gets enforced against Christian pastors who decline to perform gay marriages, who speak out and preach biblical truths on marriage, and that has been defined elsewhere as hate speech.”
Christian pastors have been sued for hate speech in other countries. In the early 2000s, Pastor Ake Green from Sweden served a month in jail for preaching a sermon at his church over homosexual relationships. Green analyzed verses from the Bible and referenced to homosexuality as “an evil force that plays games with people.” Sweden’s hate speech law prevents individuals from using “intimidation” towards minority groups.
Cruz thinks that there is no doubt that the advocates who are driving this effort in the United States want to see us end up in the same place as the other countries where individuals are essentially prohibited from speaking out against homosexuality.
Sweden's Supreme Court has said it will review the acquittal of a Pentecostal pastor who denounced homosexuality as "a deep cancer" in a sermon.
Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in June 2004 and given a 30-day suspended prison sentence.
But then an appeals court in February threw out the case, saying it was not illegal to offer an interpretation of the Bible and urge others to follow it.
An American pastor is facing a federal lawsuit filed by a George Soros-funded organization alleging that the pastor’s messages on homosexuality are a “crime against humanity” – a lawsuit that some Christians fear might have far-reaching consequences for church mission groups